The second regional final was a special one. This year, several international schools from Germany took part along with German schools and two teams from Hong Kong and Geneva. A truly international group with great ideas. In the end, the Deutsche Berufsschule Hong Kong and the International School of Geneva won.

This time, our moderators were Emily Johnston and David Patrician. They welcomed the teams, and it turned out that we had the group from Hong Kong and others joining from Norway and Denmark – international indeed.

The Deutsche Berufschule Hong Kong worked on the topic “Tax Compliance” by Dominika Langenmayr and Philipp Krug of the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. They identified that receipts often don’t get handed out, which eventually ends up in many cases as tax evasion from the shops. To contain this practice, they developed the idea of an app called “Re-Tax”. They want to set up a state lottery, while the receipts customers receive are the tickets.

Second up was the Robert Bosch College from Freiburg. They named their idea “Bluum”, a program to connect students, professionals and firms to have a measurable impact on climate change while fostering a passion for economics among students interested in the climate. Their topic was “Generation Greta – Ecology plus Economy? How do we get young people excited about economics?” by Karla Schneider-Dörken and Lisa Rath, ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung.

Ritzefeld-Gymnasium from Stolberg worked on “Toward sustainable accommodation and sustainable holiday” by Manouchehr Shokri and Marzia Traverso of the RWTH Aachen University. They called their approach “A Green Line for a greener future”, which proposes sustainable attractions to improve tourism in cities. They had already contacted local officials to present their ideas.

Læra: Parental leave – not career leave! was the idea proposed by the Gymnasium Hochrad from Hamburg. Young parents on parental leave should be offered the chance to educate themselves in specific fields to be better equipped when returning to the job and not have a crack in their careers. Their topic was “The Globalization of Work: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century” by Michael Bayerlein and Anne Metten from the Kiel Institute for World Economy, (IfW Kiel).

The Rudolph-Brandes-Gymnasium from Bad Salzuflen developed a guideline for foundations to adapt their fundraising from an emotional approach to a more sustainable way of funding their projects. They worked together with Sebastian Kube from the Excellence cluster ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy (EXC 2126) on his topic “Together we are strong? Using behavioural economic insights to overcome cooperation problems.”

Cheering faces after the event – the winning teams from Hong Kong and Geneva with our moderators and the YES! team.

Let’s talk about digital money! The Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg from Geisenheim came up with the Digital Euro, a cryptocurrency provided by the ECB to make digital payment safer and easier as an answer to the question “Bitcoin, Libra or digital central bank money – Which strategy should Germany pursue?” by Johannes Arndt from the Bucerius Law School.

The second team today working on “Toward sustainable accommodation and sustainable holiday” was the International School of Geneva. “Green Village” – their idea – contained several elements to build up a sustainability-based communal residential system. They want to establish mixed zones with residential, commercial, leisure and social aspects. A strong sharing economy for low-frequency items supports this approach. In addition, green home initiatives and improved transportation should make a living in a future city more sustainable.

In the end, the teams voted on their favourite ideas, and the International School of Geneva and the Deutsche Berufsschule Hong Kong turned out to be the teams to move on to the finals.

We all thank the teams, the teachers, the researchers and our moderators for a great day; for many of the participants, a very hot summer day.

Congratulations to the winning teams.

Let’s move on to our next regional final in the West region.

Your YES! team

Programme (Latest Update: June  14, 2021)
Times and contents may change at short notice.

8:15 a.m.
Arrival of the teams.
Networking, technical check, getting to know each other.

8:30 a.m.

Arrival of guests.

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
Welcome by the moderators Emily Johnston and David Patrician.

Greetings from the organisers.

Explanation of the proceedings.

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.

Deutsche Berufsschule Hong Kong

Topic:
Tax Compliance – Aufgabe des Staates oder der Moral?

by Dominika Langenmayr and Philipp Krug, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

9:50 -10:20 a.m.

Robert Bosch College, Freiburg i. B.

Bluum / A program to connect students, professionals and firms to have a measurable impact on climate change, while fostering a passion for economics among students with an interest for the climate.

Topic:
Generation Greta – Ecology plus Economy? How do we get young people excited about economics?

by Karla Schneider-Dörken and Lisa Rath, ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

10:20-10:25 a.m.

Short break

10:25-10:55 a.m.

Ritzefeld-Gymnasium, Stolberg

A Green Line for a greener future / A sustainable attraction to improve tourism in cities.

Topic:
Toward sustainable accommodation and sustainable holiday

by Manouchehr Shokri and Marzia Traverso, RWTH Aachen University

10:55-11:25 a.m.

Gymnasium Hochrad, Hamburg

Læra: Parental leave – not career leave! / A learning app for further training during parental leave on many career-relevant topics such as Business English, Microsoft Office etc.

Topic:
The Globalization of Work: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
by Michael Bayerlein and Anne Metten, Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel (IfW Kiel)

11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch break

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Rudolph-Brandes-Gymnasium, Bad Salzuflen

Stifte Hoffnung / Implementing behavioral economics to optimize fundraising

Topic:
Together we are strong? Using behavioural economic insights to overcome cooperation problems

by Sebastian Kube, Exzellenzcluster ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy (EXC 2126)

12:45-1:15 p.m.

Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg, Geisenheim

Digitalize your digits / The Digital Euro is a cryptocurrency provided by the ECB in order to make digital payment safer and easier.

Topic:
Bitcoin, Libra or digital central bank money – Which strategy should Germany pursue?

by Johannes Arndt, Bucerius Law School

1:15 – 1:20 p.m.

Short break

1:20 – 1:50 p.m.

International School of Geneva

Green Village / Green Village: a sustainability-based communal residential system

Topic:
Toward sustainable accommodation and sustainable holiday
von Manouchehr Shokri und Marzia Traverso, RWTH Aachen University

1:50-2:05 p.m.

Break and preparation for the pitch.

2:05 – 2:30 p.m.

All teams will perform their pitches in reverse order.

2:30 – 2:55 p.m.

Discussion of the teams in their own meeting rooms + online voting.

2:55 – 3:25 p.m.

Evaluation/Questionaire about the YES!

3:25 – 3:40 p.m.

School teams give reasons for awarding the most points.

3:40 – 3:50 p.m.

Announcement of the finalists

3:50 – 4:00 p.m.

Farewell and photos with all participants and the winning teams.

Scientific Partners

Bucerius Law SchoolDüsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)DIWECONtributeESMTFrankfurt School of Management & FinanceGIGAIABFraunhofer IAOifoIfW KielKUCWSLeibniz GemeinschaftLeibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene SozialforschungMax-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von GemeinschaftsgüternRWIFraunhofer IAOWalter Eucken InstitutWZBZEWZEW